Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Paperback)

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Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Paperback)


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The bestselling and revolutionary book that serves as a “landmark in our understanding of the mind-body connection” (Deepak Chopra, MD).

In her groundbreaking book Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert—an extraordinary neuroscientist who played a pivotal role in the discovery of the opiate receptor—provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries.

Pert’s pioneering research on how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body, is not only provocative, it is revolutionary. By establishing the biomolecular basis for our emotions and explaining these scientific developments in a clear and accessible way, Pert empowers us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and the connection between our minds and our bodies—or bodyminds—in ways we could never possibly have imagined before. From explaining the scientific basis of popular wisdom about phenomena such as "gut feelings" to making comprehensible recent breakthroughs in cancer and AIDS research, Pert provides us with an intellectual adventure of the highest order.

Molecules of Emotion is a landmark work, full of insight and wisdom and possessing that rare power to change the way we see the world and ourselves.
Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., (1946—2013) was an internationally recognized neuroscientist and pharmacologist who played a key role in the discovery of the opioid receptor. Dr. Pert published over 250 research articles and was featured as an expert in Bill Moyers’s PBS series Healing and the Mind, in PBS’s Healing Quest. She was a significant contributor to the emergence of Mind-Body Medicine as an area of legitimate scientific research in the 1980’s, earning her the title of “The Mother of Psychoneuroimmunology,” and “The Goddess of Neuroscience” by her many fans.  Translated into over ten languages, her bestselling book The Molecules of Emotion was a groundbreaking provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries.
Product Details ISBN: 9780684846347
ISBN-10: 0684846349
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: February 17th, 1999
Pages: 368
Language: English
“A clear and often riveting account of her research on the frontier of a new kind of science.” Smithsonian
“Pert is at her best here when she details the sexism that permeates the upper echelons of the scientific establishment… She also does a very credible job of exploding the basic paradigm underlying much of modern human biology—that the brain and the body are two distinct systems…this is an important look at what really goes on inside the human body—and inside the scientific elite.” Publishers Weekly
“[Pert] freely intermingles vibrant stories of her professional and personal life with her theories about neuropeptides…Her views on mind-body cellular communication mesh well with the concepts of energy held by many alternative therapies.” Kirkus

“Candace B. Pert...has managed to take the study of the emotional connection to the body...and present this information in not only an understandable manner, but an enjoyable one.” —Caroline Myss, Ph.D. author of Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

“Reading Molecules of Emotion filled me with molecules associated with joy, inspiration, and hope.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

s Molecules of Emotion is a highly inspiring story of the search for the biochemical links between consciousness, mind, and body that also weaves in Pert's deeply personal search for truth. Highly recommended!” —Dean Ornish, M.D. author of Eat More, Weigh Less

“Pick up the coolest, smartest, hardest-core mind-body book I've seen in a while.” Lynn Harris New York Daily News

“Dr. Pert has written one of the few truly spellbinding autobiographies of a scientist's life and discoveries that, remarkably, impels one to read and turn pages with the same urgency one applies to Michael Crichton's science fiction! This experience is all the more fascinating since Dr. Pert's story is true. She is the new Carl Sagan of the biomedical enterprise.” —Michael D. Lumpkin, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center